2013 Resident Coordinator Annual Report
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 RCAR 2013 - Ghana

Major national-level events impacting on the UN

In 2013, the work of the UNCT was significantly impacted by the opposition rejection of results emanating from the December 2012 Presidential Elections.  The main opposition party took this dispute to the Supreme Court and the case was eventually concluded in August 2013 confirming once again Ghana’s democratic dividend and stability. While the re-elected National Democratic Congress (NDC) party was confirmed by the courts as the winner, eight months of political uncertainty had a direct negative effect on the developmental efforts of the State, business investments, and the programming processes of development partners such as the UN.  To a significant degree, planning and implementing development programmes was hampered by wide-spread paralysis of government and independent government institutions.

In 2013, Ghana continued to suffer high levels of both the perception and practice of corruption. Media reports were dominated by reports of theft, fraud, abuse of power and other forms of corruption within the operations of the state.  This has on the one hand distracted the efforts of a government already insecure in its tenure (as a result of the challenged election results), while forcing UN and other agencies to tighten financial and other operations in the face of remaining risks.

Last year has also seen some unsustainable imbalances between state revenues and expenditures. Over a period of many years, and despite the excellent performance of the economy – which includes recent flows of oil and gas revenues – the management of the country’s fiscal space manifests excessive public sector wage spending, uncontrolled borrowing (on both the local and international financial markets), and inadequate national planning.  On this latter item, the much lauded alternation of political power (in 2000 and again in 2008) has witnessed government reneging on earlier contracts, which are being successfully challenged in court at great expense to the State as half-finished projects proliferate country-wide.  While corruption is considered one reason for bad fiscal performance, with political party and election campaign finance regulations in need of strengthening and enforcement, the fact that Ghana still lacks a long-term development plan further undermines clear direction and accountability for sound management of public resources.

The chief consequence for the UNCT of the current financial imbalances in the system is that state partners are typically cash-strapped and unable to fully partner with agencies.  There are numerous cases of public servants being on the job yet unable to travel, communicate, print documents or host meetings, for example.  Even government’s own programmes have been significantly under threat.  Thus, development partners have been increasingly faced with the prospects of partners being less-effective implementing partners. The current financial reality has slowed project implementation rates and even re-directed support, in some extreme cases, away from national development and towards supporting basic state capacity.

Summary on progress towards UNDAF outcomes


Highlights on Progress towards UNDAF Outcomes

A comprehensive review of the first year of implementing the UNDAF Action Plan allowed the UNCT to draw important conclusions - not only on results that already saw some progress in year one of the UAP - but also on the degree to which the 11 UAP Outcome Groups have been able to actually apply RBM to formulating SMART progress statements on the basis of a sound indicator framework across all outcomes and outputs. The findings from the report were then used to strengthen the overall quality of the UAP results and indicators and to issue an updated version of the UAP results matrix. 2013 has also seen significant strengthening of annual work planning within each Outcome Group, arriving eventually at a consistent standard work plan format for the remaining years of the UAP.

Some Outcome Groups have exceeded expectations by creating innovative synergy maps for certain outputs which would detail how different agencies intend to streamline their engagement with shared implementing partners and complement each other. These examples demonstrate that Outcome Groups (equivalent to Results Groups in the SOPs) allow the UN to go beyond mechanistic joint planning and monitoring towards joint impact and reduced transaction costs, based on clear division of roles and labor.

The year under review has also been the first time that individual Outcome Groups provided regular written feedback on their participation in national sector working mechanisms. Outcome Groups were asked to prepare jointly before each sector meeting to agree a common position and effective way of participation on behalf of the UN system. They were also asked to fill a standard format after each sector meeting, summarizing the UN’s joint position and inputs into the sector, as well as any other interesting sector developments that should be brought to the attention of the RC and UNCT.

Summary on progress in UN Reform


Highlights on Progress in UN Reform

2013 has been the second year of implementing the Ghana UNDAF Action Plan 2012-2016 and the NKONSONKONSON Action Plan 2012-2013. In  further operationalizing the localized DaO approach, the UN in Ghana has concentrated efforts and resources towards supporting accelerated MDG achievement, contributing to a national dialogue on the post-2015 agenda and advocating for key themes such as inequalities, nutrition and youth which will remain top priorities for collective UN engagement under the new national medium term development framework 2014-2017 (Ghana Shared Growth and Development Agenda II) which should be launched in the first quarter of 2014.

The second tranche of Norway’s contribution to the NKONSONKONSON Action Plan proved crucial to conduct a number of key Delivering as One initiatives over the past year, including joint UN support to the post-2015 consultations, the development of a UN programme database mapping all UN programmatic activities in Ghana at regional and district levels, as well as initiating joint UN assistance to local pharmaceutical production in Ghana as a pilot country for an AU-led regional initiative under the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Plan for Africa (PMPA). In addition, the partnership with Norway helped in launching the Joint Programme on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in Northern Ghana.

Substantive progress towards more coherent UN operational activities also includes joint support to implementing the MAF initiative on MDG 5 which was jointly presented last year by the UN Resident Coordinator and the World Bank Country Director at a regular meeting of the Chief Executives Board (CEB). In keeping with its focus on lagging MDGs, the UN Country Team continued implementing the REACH initiative combating child malnutrition (MDGs 1 and 4), and developed a joint programme on sanitation in disaster prone communities (MDG 7). In the context of the above mentioned joint UN support to local manufacturing of essential medicines and UN advocacy to promote access to affordable and reliable health commodities, the UN played a significant role in supporting Government’s handling of a major case of procurement of fake condoms.

Another notable achievement was UN system-wide support to the new Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection in reviewing its organizational structure so that it can effectively perform its expanded functions. The UN Gender Team which consists of gender and social protection focal points from each agency coordinated UN agencies joint engagement in providing technical expertise and programmatic support and will lead further assistance in 2014.

Other examples of joint UN engagement in the national development agenda include the development of UN policy papers on social protection and fiscal space which will be used to promote and support these issues with key government partners this year.

Under Communicating as One, progress has been made by launching the Ghana UN Website and a compilation of 26 UN success stories, as well as innovative and very well attended UN events such as a DaO exhibition showcasing a coherent and focused UN system as well as a UN Cultural Night supported by Ghanaian celebrity artists to raise awareness on the situation of refugees from the conflict in Cote D’Ivoire and the humanitarian support the UN is providing to them.

Key aspects of the proposed 2014 workplan


Key Aspects of the proposed 2014 WP

The Ghana UNCT’s strategic positioning in supporting the MDGs, as well as advocating for inclusive economic growth and the mitigation of rising inequalities in a MIC context, will continue to guide our programming as well as the UN’s advocacy and normative role in 2014. In addition, the Country Team is looking forward to supporting a second round of post-2015 consultations and the testing of a potential SDG in close collaboration with government and other partners. A Pan-African summit on inequalities in April 2014 will serve as an opportunity for the Ghana UNCT to contribute to a regional position paper on inequalities as well as using this high-level event for advocacy at national level to help ensure the inequality theme becomes central to the national development dialogue and to development planning in the medium and long-term.       

A high-level meeting on the Delivering as One process between the UNCT and all key government stakeholders - which will be co- chaired by the Minister of Finance and the UNRC - will provide an opportunity for comprehensive stock-taking of achievements and challenges to date and for discussing ways of further strengthening programmatic collaboration. In addition, the meeting will examine how good practices and lessons identified through a joint UN-Government study tour on the Delivering as One process in Rwanda can be applied in the Ghana context.     

The updated UNDAF Action Plan – which includes a full set of baselines and indicators across all results – will support further strengthening of joint planning and monitoring in 2014, as well as more consistent reporting on progress against outputs and outcomes. It will also provide the basis for strengthening ongoing joint programmes and collaborative programming, as well as identifying potential new joint programming opportunities in areas of shared UN interest and comparative advantage. Such areas could include social protection, youth, green economy and gender. Based on a set of concept notes for joint UN programming in these areas, new opportunities for joint resource mobilization – including with non-traditional partners - should have some degree of success.

In addition to continuing support to the new Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, the UN Gender Team will conduct a comprehensive Gender Audit which will create important baselines and recommendations for further strengthening the UN’s capacities for effective gender mainstreaming and women empowerment.

Recommendations


Recommendations

The effective rollout of the SOPs for Delivering as One will be a central issue for Ghana and other DaO countries in 2014. As operational guidance is forthcoming, it will be important to provide knowledge tools which allow UNCTs and other coordination practitioners to engage in an ongoing global dialogue on the actual “HOW TO” questions of applying the SOPs in practice. Given the different contexts in LICs, MICs and other countries, the operational guidance needs to be kept succinct and user-friendly while putting more emphasis on practical examples and creating peer-to-peer connections.  




   2013 Results and Use of Funds

2012 Results and Use of Funds
Part One: Progress towards UNDAF outcomes (Results 2012)
Key Result Area Outcome Name Indicate Total Budget Per Outcome Provide an indicative budget delivery amount per outcome in 2012.    Comments
UNDAFOutcome 1: National systems and existing institutional arrangements for climate change mitigation and adaptation and for disaster risk reduction, as defined in the Hyogo Framework for Action at the district, regional and national level are functional$4,930,890.00$0.00 
UNDAFOutcome 2At least an additional 15% of medium and smallholder farmers (including at least 50 %women farmers ); in at least 5 regions; have access to MoFA-approved ; agricultural extension services and access to markets, in a timely manner by 2016$17,376,251.00$0.00 
UNDAFOutcome 3At least, an additional 10% of households consume adequate levels of safe, nutritious foods and adopt positive dietary behavior.$21,122,871.00$0.00 
UNDAFOutcome 4At least 15% of the Slum/Low Income and Disaster Prone Communities including women have improved livelihoods through better access to affordable and sustainable housing and skills training in the 10 regions.$10,440,000.00$0.00 
UNDAFOutcome 5An additional 2.5% of the population have sustainable use of improved drinking water and sanitation services and practice the three key hygiene behaviours by 2016$16,240,000.00$0.00 
UNDAFOutcome 6Women and children have improved and equitable access to and utilization of quality, high impact maternal, neonatal and child health and nutrition interventions$60,565,783.00$0.00 
UNDAFOutcome 7The most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups across Ghana benefit from at least four social services in an integrated social protection system.$14,285,200.00$0.00 
UNDAFOutcome 8Strengthened and scaled up national multi-sectoral, decentralized AIDS response to achieve Universal Access targets by 2016.$9,693,009.00$0.00 
UNDAFOutcome 9Socioeconomically excluded and disadvantaged groups have increased access to education services and demonstrate increased attainment in literacy, numeracy and life skills$28,785,000.00$0.00 
UNDAFOutcome 10Key national institutions of democracy are effective, accountable, gender responsive and promote peace, inclusive governance, human security with focus on vulnerable groups, by2016.$34,384,117.00$0.00 
UNDAFOutcome 11Ministries, Department Agencies, (MDAs) Local Governments and CSOs have effectively developed, funded, coordinated, implemented, monitored and evaluated national and sectoral policies, plans and programmes aimed at reducing poverty and inequalities, and p$18,760,000.00$0.00 
PART 1 TOTAL $236,583,121.00 $0.00
Part Two: Coordination Results
Key Results Area Expected Outputs1 Performance Indicators2 Actual Outputs at Year End Funds required/spent at Year End Additional Support Needed from HQ or Regional Director's Team Target Date
SRC UNCCF Transition Un Agencies3 Other
Required Spent Required Spent Required Spent Required Spent Required Spent Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Result Area 1: Coordination for Results (WORKPLAN 2013)
A) UNCT Contribution to the National Development Plan/Poverty Reduction Strategy/MD and MDGs plan
UN support to formulation/implementation of relevant national strategies or plans e.g. JAS/NDP/PRSP

       
UN plan to support the implementation of the Millennium Declaration, including scaling up MDG initiatives * Continuation of effective UN support to implementing MDG 5 MAF to reduce maternal mortality in Ghana. As funds are released this year, significant progress towards planned results should be achieved this year. National Consultations on Post-2015 agenda finalised in first quarter, with final report submitted to UNDG NY. Engagement with new Government to assess opportunities for UN support to next national development plan which should be available for 2014 and beyond.

MDG 5 MAF progress including presentation to CEB as one of three MAF countries world wide

National Post-2015 consultations held with success in all 10 regions and report submitted in time to UNDG NY.

Strategic meetings held with government on UN support to 2014-2017 national development plan

$5,150.00 $30,000.00 $15,000.00 $12,000.00

       
UN support to capacity development strategies

       
UN assistance to national authorities for the preparation of the national report on the implementation of the Brussels Programme of Action of LDCs 4 *

       
Formulation/implementation of a transition plan or strategy 5

       
Other

       
B) Aid Coordination / Management / Paris Declaration
Planned efforts to making use of national systems in the areas such as programme/project reporting, PRS/sectoral monitoring and evaluation systems, annual PRS/sectoral performance reviews, national procurement systems, etc UN technical support to national JASMES and GhanaInfo M&E systems

UN project database developed and discussed with government to assess opportunities for integration with national aid management systems.

UN participation in national M&E sector working group strengthened.

UN project database developed and launched with inputs from all UN agencies and mapping of UN geographic presence. UN database transferred to dedicated server and shared with Government for discussion.

$7,703.88 $25,000.00 $7,000.00

       
UN support to aid coordination/management UN positioning and active engagement in national sector working mechanisms. UNRC co-chairing of high level Development Partners-Government Group to support DP coherence and play strategic role in assisting national development and economic planning under the new Government. UN participation in national aid effectiveness processes and surveys. Regular UN system-wide financial reporting using Government template.

Systematic participation of UNDAF Outcome Groups in national SWGs, with RCO tracking of UN participation and collection and presentation of feedback from SWGs to UNCT.

Active role of RC in DP Group (HOCs) and individual high-level UNCT-GoG meetings with Vice-President, Ministers of Finance, Health, Justice, Gender, etc.. to discuss joint UN support. Meeting with NDPC to discuss UN support to new national medium-term development plan 2014-2017

       
Other

       
C) UNDAF/Common Programming
Efforts to align UN programme cycle with national development cycle *

already aligned

       
Preparation of Country Analysis/UNDAF/UNDAF Action Plan

       
Progress towards UNDAF outcomes (inputs provided by theme group chairs) Systematic inter-agency collaboration and joint progress monitoring of Ghana UAP at Outcome level on the basis of well trained and accountable Outcome Group conveners and members, a complete and updated M&E Framework, and an agreed annual review template and reporting format. Annual UAP review report will provide detail progress information.

In addition to complete review of UAP results matrix and issuance of 2012 UAP report informing of progress against outputs and outcomes, RCO provided technical advice and capacity development to Outcome Group conveners, especially the ones coming on board in 2013.

$10,000.00

       
Implementation of UNDAF M&E framework * Effective use of Ghana UAP M&E framework by each of the 11 UAP Outcome Groups, with technical support from the UN M&E Group and the RC Office. Oversight and quality assurance provided by the UN Inter-agency Programme Group.

Thorough review of UAP M&E framework by each of the 11 UAP Outcome Groups and issuance of revised UAP results matrix, with technical support from the UN M&E Group and the RC Office. Oversight and quality assurance provided by the UN Inter-agency Programme Group.

$5,000.00

       
UNDAF Annual Review/ UNDAF Evaluation/SOF UNDAF annual review conducted as planned, according to agreed standards, procedures and templates.

Comprehensive 2012 UAP review report presented and discussed with focus on RBM compliance.

$3,000.00 $6,800.00

       
Joint planning initiatives with UN peacekeeping, peacebuilding, political and humanitarian actors (e.g. UNDAF plus, Integrated Strategic Framework) .

       
Other -Inter –agency groups supported to fully implement their 2013 plans

- 2013 Inter –agency group plans approved by UNCT - Implementation of plans monitored with periodic reporting to UNCT - reveiw conducted at year end

Effective leadership and RCO support in each of the DaO working groups, including reconstitution of UN M&E Group Periodic review of progress at each monthly UNCT meeting. Annual review to take place at 2014 planning retreat in February 2014.

$20,000.00

       
D) Joint Programmes6
Preparation/ implementation of new Joint Programmes * Funds mobilized for new CC/DRR Joint Programme to implement the JP as planned Final evaluation of Joint Human Security Programme conducted and decision taken on potential second phase. Consultations of potential additional JPs and collaborative activities as determined through joint UN engagement with the new government.

Initial funding for CC/DRR JP provided, joint evaluation of Joint Human Security Programme conducted with discussions of future HS programming, new JP on Sanitation in Disaster Prone Communities developed and agreed with likely funding from Canada.

Joint UN assistance- under the leadership of the African Union Commission - to piloting the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Plan for Africa in Ghana in order to strengthen access to affordable quality medicines and boost private sector.

$10,300.00 $10,000.00 $6,000.00

       
M&E of Joint Programmes

       
Other

       
E) HACT
Status of HACT implementation/compliance7 in the country * Ghana has achieved HACT compliance. Effective collaboration between IPG and OMT providing required updates and ensuring HACT activities are conducted jointly.

IP lists shared amongst three HACT agencies - UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA with limited commonalities in terms of joint partners.

       
Strengthening national systems/capacities through HACT

       
Other

       
F) Gender Equality
UN support to incorporation of gender equality in national planning processes (such as National Development Strategies; PRSPs; SWAPs; Joint Assistance Strategies, etc.) Gender responsiveness of the UN:- Conduct UN Gender Audit exercise; Provide support to Outcome Groups on UAP reviews and reporting to better mainstream gender. UN Days – IWD, CSW, 16 Days, others Policy Advocacy on one selected theme (eg GBV focus on early marriage/violence against girls or Affirmative Action Bill Strengthen UNGT and GEST: 1) UNGT: Commitment of UN focal point Funding commitments made and honored 2) GEST: Operationalization of the rules of engagement with MOWAC

- UN Gender Audit exercise agreed for 2014 including options for expert support

- Strategic UNGT support provided to new Ministry for Gender, Children and Social Protection including review of documents, workshops, etc., based on formal request by Minister to support the restructuring of the Ministry

-Advocacy on IWD and 16 days of activism

$2,636.37 $10,000.00

       
Capacity development for Gender theme groups to support UNCT to respond to national priorities for gender equality.

$1,285.23

       
Other

       
G) HIV/AIDS
Establishment of Joint UN Team on AIDS and implementation of joint programme of support on AIDS * JUTA established and streamlining of HIV/AIDS programming through merging of UAP Outcome Group on HIV/AIDS with JUTA. Joint Programme of Support implemented.

JUTA established and streamlining of HIV/AIDS programming through merging of UAP Outcome Group on HIV/AIDS with JUTA. Joint Programme of Support implemented.

$2,338.23

       
UN support to the national response to AIDS through strengthening the Three Ones * New guidance for Joint Teams and Joint Programmes received and applied to respond more flexibly to country situation.

Focus on results increased as opposed to facilitating processes and coordination; emphasis on working together/DaO for better and quicker results New Guidelines to be reflected in the draft JUNPS

From Joint Programming to a Joint Programme incl. more strategic, joint planning New global system for joint reporting used.

New guidance applied to respond more flexibly to country situation.

Focus on results increased with emphasis on working together/DaO for better and quicker results.

New Guidelines reflected in the draft JUNPS

Joint reporting according to new system

       
HIV/AIDS in the Workplace * 2013 UN Cares Work Plan fully implemented with focus on Stigma and Discrimination

2013 UN Cares Work Plan fully implemented with focus on Stigma and Discrimination

$35,000.00 $2,338.23

       
Other

       
H) Human Rights
Application of Human Right Based Approach

       
Strengthening the capacity of UNCTs to support national human rights protection systems

       
Other

       
I) Common Services and Premises
Status of initiatives to increase collaboration and cost-effectiveness of UN business operations in support of programme delivery (common services and premises) BASED ON SEPARATE CS BUDGET, the OMT plans to:

Develop a common disaster recovery plan Sign a common service contract for the provision of Broadband internet

Procurement Establish LTA with building & maintenance companies

Logistics & Transportation Harmonize UN Vehicle Fleet Maintenance LTA with fuel companies Human Resource and Administration Identify good pharmacies and laboratories for UN staff Negotiate with hospitals to accept Van Breda/GMC cards at their pharmacies. Follow up on additional land for Accra - Establish Common Cafeteria and Gym for UN staff Follow up on Tamale Worker’s canteen as possible UN common premises Negotiate and harmonize hotel rates (Accomodation and Meeting /Conference) for the UN system in Ghana Establish and sign Common Services Standard Agreement Security Issues Support UNDSS to provide security related training and drills

Support to Inter Agency Programming Group including HACT Facilitate and provide support to IPG for the joint audit of common partners

E-guide for medical services compiled and shared with all staff members (includes list of approved medical facilities, labs, pharmacies and specialist) List of UNDSS approved Hotels shared with all agencies. List of UN approved airlines shared with all agencies. First Aid training organized for staff members in Accra. ICSC Housing survey successfully completed. Contract signed with GST for the provision of high speed internet services. SLA signed with Toyota Ghana. LTA signed with Total Ghana Ltd. LTA signed with SICOM ltd for the supply of non-drinking water. RFQ for toiletries issued in the papers. Agencies to piggy back on existing LTA between UNICEF and one stationary service provider once the addendum is completed.

       
Other (specify)

       
J) Other
Other (specify)

       
Result Area 2: Coordination of Emergency Preparedness and Relief (WORKPLAN 2013)
A) Preparedness
Coordination of emergency preparedness efforts of UNCT members and relevant humanitarian actors 1. PREPAREDNESS AND RISK REDUCTION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EMERGENCIES - Promotion of safer places for communities ( pilot project in Keta/ Ada against tidal waves or floods) 2. NETWORKING FOR INTEGRATED RESPONSE - Organize an IAWGE Retreat for a Participatory Review and Reflection Process (PRRP) - Ensure active coordination Facilitating meetings of the IAWGE - IAWGE joint assessment missions during periods of emergencies - Coordinated response based on reports of assessment missions 3. ADVOCACY & HUMANITARIAN DIPLOMCY - CERF Annual RC/HC Report on CERF grant for Cholera - Soliciting support for vulnerable groups in Ghana e.g. CDI refugees 4. INFORMATION MANAGEMENT - Preparation of Humanitarian SITREPs and circulation from RCO to stakeholders

1. PREPAREDNESS: - UN advised NADMO on flood mitigation measures including dredging and dams’ construction preventing flooding, enabling communities’ access to potable water and enhancing their agricultural activities. Activities for the Joint Programme on CCA/DRR in Northern Ghana have started. Regional Stakeholder workshop was held in Tamale. Key indicators and site selection of the programme were discussed and initial baseline studies conducted 2. INTEGRATED RESPONSE: - Joint UN RM from The Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (US State Department) for a six months’ extension of food assistance to the Ivorian Refugees in Ghana. WFP’s food intervention was scheduled to end in July 2013 however, through this support the food assistance had extended to January, 2014. - UN Clinic support of essential medicines to refugee camps. - Participated in a Joint Assessment Mission (JAM) to Refugee Camps to review the care and maintenance activities, food security and nutrition situation. Based on findings, proposed intervention priorities, best responses, assistance and exit strategies would be developed for 2014. As a follow up to the JAM, a response strategy has been developed by RCO, UNHCR and WFP and to be used as a tool for resource mobilization for marketable skills training, livelihoods and micro-finance etc. for the refugees’ self-reliance. - Worked with the Platforms for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation, the Technical Advisory Committees, the Disaster Management Committees and other collaborating agencies in carrying out its functions at all levels. - Six coordination meetings were held either with the larger group or a select group to strategize on topical issues. These meetings were always chaired by the UNRC. 3. ADVOCACY & HUMANITARIAN DIPLOMACY - The CERF Annual RC/HC Report on CERF grant for Cholera was finalized and submitted to the CERF Secretariat. - UNRC participated in Round Table on Post-2015 disaster risk reduction framework for Africa” in Arusha as part of preparations to the Post-Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA). - UNRC participation in global ISDR meeting to develop ISDR position paper for Africa on disaster reduction. INFORMATION MANAGEMENT: Four Humanitarian SITREPs were prepared and circulated from RCO to stakeholders

$5,000.00 $1,588.00 $2,982.73 $20,000.00

       
B) Relief
Establishment of Humanitarian Country Team

IA working group on emergencies very active especially during the third quarter of the year when country faced severe flooding and windstorms affecting about 23,000 persons. Joint assessments were organized and support was mobilized for the affected persons and the communities such as tents, food and medical services. - Other joint assessments were carried out in five communities on caterpillar invasion in the Keta and South Tongu districts. As response a spraying exercise was undertaken to mitigate the effects on farm produce.

       
Development of a response plan

       
Coordination of humanitarian operations Maintain capacity to support UNCT humanitarian coordination

- Capacity to support UNCT humanitarian coordination sustaned throughout the year under RCO stucture

- Assessments and response plans promptly rolled out

$5,000.00

       
Advocy

       
Resource mobilization

       
Other (specify)

       
Result Area 3: UN Advocacy and Resource Mobilization (WORKPLAN 2013)
A) Joint UNCT Advocacy and Communications
Development/implementation of the UNCT communications/advocacy strategy & plan Media Relations: Media directory and capacity-building for journalists. UNDP journalist award shift to UN journalist award. Content Packages and Outreach: Packaging themes for different audiences (events) and framework for dissemination. Website finalised UN Days (focus on nutrition, disabilities): World Health Day (Health/Nutrition), World Radio Day (power of radio in development; follow-up to media event) World Food Day, World Statistics Day, UN Day, International Day of Persons Living with Disabilities (HL UN mtg by SG in Sept; UNICEF will launch report on disability). Internal Communication: Pre- and post-knowledge on DaO. Intranet and UN staff electronic newsboard. One-pager brochure on DaO. Branding guidelines. At least 1 Town Hall meeting.

Plus: Capacity-building and development for UNCG.

Media mapping “directory” in progress.

Joint UN support to Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) with MDG-focused awards given on 2nd November, 2013.

UN Ghana Success Story booklet finalized and published. Printed documents are to be shared with national and international stakeholders and targeted audiences.

UN Ghana Website was officially launched on UN Day, 2013.

UNCG and leading agencies issued joint press releases or feature stories on UN Commemorative Days such as World Radio Day, Day of the African Child (Health/Nutrition, in collaboration with REACH), International Youth Day and marked the days with joint activities and events.

UN Day saw a special UN DaO Exhibition which was attended by several hundred high-level stakeholders from government, international community and civil society. Of similar great impact was the UN Days’ “Cultural Night”, which highlighted the plight and resilience of CDI refugees in Ghana. Other UN commemorative days that were jointly supported included World Food Day, International Day of Persons Living with Disabilities and Peace Keepers Day.

Branding guidelines have been drafted and will be finalized first quarter of 2014.

Pre- and post-knowledge survey on DaO and one-pager brochure on DaO will be produced as part of introducing SOPs in 2014. UN Town Hall meeting was held in the form of a UN Family Staff Event with emphasis on teambuilding. Developing a UN Intranet and UN Staff electronic news-board has progressed by analyzing good practices and establishing a set of intranet features that would be added to the UN Programme Database. A Joint UN Communications Strategy is in progress using SOP guidance.

2013 saw strengthened participation of UNCG members in UN programme meetings.

$10,000.00 $8,000.00 $40,000.00 $35,737.46 $60,000.00

       
Other (specify)

       
B) Joint UNCT Resource Mobilization Strategy
Development/implementation of RM strategy

       
Other (specify)

       
Result Area 4: Security Management (WORKPLAN 2013)
A) Security
Duty station specific security risk assessment (SRA) for all locations in the country where UN staff are present BASED ON SEPARATE DSS Security Budget the following results are planned:

SECURITY COORDINATION AND MANAGEMENT: All UN security operations in Ghana effectively coordinated by providing timely advice to the Designated Official, SMT and SFPs. UN system security effectively managed by conducting security assessments, developing and updating security plans, ensuring active DSS participation in the Operations Management Team, and developing and monitoring compliance of MOSS and MORSS.

CONTACTS/INFORMATION: regular contacts with Host Country officials maintained, including local law enforcement agencies and relevant government agencies. Ongoing support provided to representatives of UN System Agencies, Funds and Programs (AFPs), international organizations and NGOs.

DSS STAFF TRAINING: DSS team knowledge of UN security situation and UN Security Management in Ghana strengthened through specific training initiatives.

SRA, MOSS and Security Plan were updated and approved by SMT. DSS participated and supported OMT in their meetings and retreat. Assessment of staff residence was diligently pursued. Agencies improved security measures in their offices.

There was regular liaison with security services to support agencies and staff during visits, security incidents and operational duties.

LSA training in Abuja. Regular security cell meetings to update knowledge of DSS staff and to share information.

Agencies improved access control measures in their offices.

No Travel In The Night Policy was adhered to.

The Country Security Plan was updated 3 SMT meetings were held during the year

Staff members were trained on Radio Communication, Security Awareness and Stress Management

       
Implementation of mitigating measures as identified in SRA

       
Up to date security plan

       
Security Management Team

       
Implementation of security training for staff

       
Other

       
Result Area 5: Non-Resident UN Agencies (WORKPLAN 2013)
A) Special measures to integrate non-resident UN agencies in UNCT processes
Supporting the Involvement of non-resident UN agencies in the national strategic planning processes/ UN programming Inclusion of NRAs in all UNCT communications and relevant communications of key inter-agency mechanisms (IPG, OMT, UNCG) - Active participation of NRAs in programme development and reporting - Official representation of NRAs and effective RCO support in 1) preparing high-level missions and visits of NRA representatives and 2) organizing in-country events and meetings - Full support in assisting NRAs in the processes of opening offices or initiating new programmatic initiatives in Ghana. - Inclusion of NRAs in the development of the UN website

In early 2013, NRAs were fully included in the 2012 UAP review process and in the revision of the UAP results matrices by the 11 Outcome Groups. IAEA submitted additional contributions and budgets for inclusion in the UAP results matrix.

UNEP missions to Ghana were supported by the RC office and Outcome Groups to advocate mainstreaming of the “Green Economy” in Ghana’s medium-term development plan and to introduce corresponding programming initiatives as part of Outcome 3.

UN Habitat, including technical missions, were supported to lead the development of a new Joint Programme on Sanitation in Disaster Prone communities which will start in 2014.

       
Other (specify)

       
Result Area 6: Coordination Capacity of the UNCT (WORKPLAN 2013)
A) Strengthening UNCT Coordination Capacity
RCO Staffing Core RCO staff maintained (International Coordination Specialist, National Coordination Analyst and National Humanitarian Officer) Additional team members joining first quarter of 2013: National UN M&E Officer International UNV Intern for Communications International UNV Intern for Gender

$50,000.00 $15,000.00 $200,000.00 $102,838.00 $200,000.00 $90,000.00

       
Materials/Equipment Work Stations for new RCO team members (3 laptops, desks, printer, etc.)and other office supplies

$20,000.00

       
Training of UN staff RCO staff have adequate technical knowledge and capacity to provide expert advice and support to UNCT and DaO working mechanisms on the different DaO workstreams (programming, incl. sustbstantive programming principles, RBM, RM and partnerships; communications and advocacy, incl. website management and use of social media; humanitarian coordination, etc.)

RCO staff participated in training events to strengthen their capacities in the relevant areas of assignment including on UN business operations strategy, communications and website management, gender, humanitarian coordination and context analysis for development. Staff were also directly involved in UN initiatives for strengthening RBM and in analyzing good practices on RM and partnerships, etc..

$30,000.00 $9,901.00 $11,195.18

       
Other (specify)

       

TOTAL $115,000.00 $39,639.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $313,000.00 $186,155.31 $375,000.00 $115,000.00



   Joint Programmes

Joint Programmes
Title Theme Linkages to MDGs and UNDAF outcomes Duration (from/to) Fund management Modality Manag. agent Admin. agent National or local partners and donors Total budget Financial contribution
Resilient Landscapes for sustanable livlihoods Environment UNDAF Outcome 3 MDG 7 MDG 1

2013 - 2015 Parallel
Pooled
UNDP UNDP National Development Planning Commission Savana Accelerated Development Authority National Disaster Management Organization Ministry of environment, science and technology

United Nations University Food and Agriculture Organization

$3,362,656.00
FAO$100,000.00
RC budgetMultiple sources $30,000.00



   Coordination Procedures and Practices


         *** no practices or procedures reported ***






   2014 Workplan

UNDAF Outcomes
1. : National systems and existing institutional arrangements for climate change mitigation and adaptation and for disaster risk reduction, as defined in the Hyogo Framework for Action at the district, regional and national level are functional
2. At least an additional 15% of medium and smallholder farmers (including at least 50 %women farmers ); in at least 5 regions; have access to MoFA-approved ; agricultural extension services and access to markets, in a timely manner by 2016
3. At least, an additional 10% of households consume adequate levels of safe, nutritious foods and adopt positive dietary behavior.
4. At least 15% of the Slum/Low Income and Disaster Prone Communities including women have improved livelihoods through better access to affordable and sustainable housing and skills training in the 10 regions.
5. An additional 2.5% of the population have sustainable use of improved drinking water and sanitation services and practice the three key hygiene behaviours by 2016
6. Women and children have improved and equitable access to and utilization of quality, high impact maternal, neonatal and child health and nutrition interventions
7. The most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups across Ghana benefit from at least four social services in an integrated social protection system.
8. Strengthened and scaled up national multi-sectoral, decentralized AIDS response to achieve Universal Access targets by 2016.
9. Socioeconomically excluded and disadvantaged groups have increased access to education services and demonstrate increased attainment in literacy, numeracy and life skills
10. Key national institutions of democracy are effective, accountable, gender responsive and promote peace, inclusive governance, human security with focus on vulnerable groups, by2016.
11. Ministries, Department Agencies, (MDAs) Local Governments and CSOs have effectively developed, funded, coordinated, implemented, monitored and evaluated national and sectoral policies, plans and programmes aimed at reducing poverty and inequalities, and p
2014 Workplan
KEY RESULTS AREA Expected Outputs Perf. Indicators Actual Outputs at Year End Funds required/spent at Year End Additional support needed from HQ or Regional Director's Team Target Date
SRC UNCCF UN Agencies Other
Req Spt Req Spt Req Spt Req Spt Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Coordination for Results (WORKPLAN 2013)
A) UNCT Contribution to the National Development Plan/Poverty Reduction Strategy/MD and MDGs plan UN support to formulation/implementation of relevant national strategies or plans e.g. JAS/NDP/PRSP

UN plan to support the implementation of the Millennium Declaration, including scaling up MDG initiatives * Continuation of effective UN support to implementing MDG 5 MAF to reduce maternal mortality in Ghana. As funds are released this year, significant progress towards planned results should be achieved this year. National Consultations on Post-2015 agenda finalised in first quarter, with final report submitted to UNDG NY. Engagement with new Government to assess opportunities for UN support to next national development plan which should be available for 2014 and beyond.

MDG 5 MAF progress including presentation to CEB as one of three MAF countries world wide

National Post-2015 consultations held with success in all 10 regions and report submitted in time to UNDG NY.

Strategic meetings held with government on UN support to 2014-2017 national development plan

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $15,000.00

UN support to capacity development strategies

UN assistance to national authorities for the preparation of the national report on the implementation of the Brussels Programme of Action of LDCs 4 *

Formulation/implementation of a transition plan or strategy 5

Other

B) Aid Coordination / Management / Paris Declaration Planned efforts to making use of national systems in the areas such as programme/project reporting, PRS/sectoral monitoring and evaluation systems, annual PRS/sectoral performance reviews, national procurement systems, etc UN technical support to national JASMES and GhanaInfo M&E systems

UN project database developed and discussed with government to assess opportunities for integration with national aid management systems.

UN participation in national M&E sector working group strengthened.

UN project database developed and launched with inputs from all UN agencies and mapping of UN geographic presence. UN database transferred to dedicated server and shared with Government for discussion.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $25,000.00

UN support to aid coordination/management UN positioning and active engagement in national sector working mechanisms. UNRC co-chairing of high level Development Partners-Government Group to support DP coherence and play strategic role in assisting national development and economic planning under the new Government. UN participation in national aid effectiveness processes and surveys. Regular UN system-wide financial reporting using Government template.

Systematic participation of UNDAF Outcome Groups in national SWGs, with RCO tracking of UN participation and collection and presentation of feedback from SWGs to UNCT.

Active role of RC in DP Group (HOCs) and individual high-level UNCT-GoG meetings with Vice-President, Ministers of Finance, Health, Justice, Gender, etc.. to discuss joint UN support. Meeting with NDPC to discuss UN support to new national medium-term development plan 2014-2017

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Other

C) UNDAF/Common Programming Efforts to align UN programme cycle with national development cycle *

already aligned

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Preparation of Country Analysis/UNDAF/UNDAF Action Plan

Implementation of UNDAF M&E framework * Effective use of Ghana UAP M&E framework by each of the 11 UAP Outcome Groups, with technical support from the UN M&E Group and the RC Office. Oversight and quality assurance provided by the UN Inter-agency Programme Group.

Thorough review of UAP M&E framework by each of the 11 UAP Outcome Groups and issuance of revised UAP results matrix, with technical support from the UN M&E Group and the RC Office. Oversight and quality assurance provided by the UN Inter-agency Programme Group.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $5,000.00

UNDAF Annual Review/ UNDAF Evaluation/SOF UNDAF annual review conducted as planned, according to agreed standards, procedures and templates.

Comprehensive 2012 UAP review report presented and discussed with focus on RBM compliance.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Other -Inter –agency groups supported to fully implement their 2013 plans

- 2013 Inter –agency group plans approved by UNCT - Implementation of plans monitored with periodic reporting to UNCT - reveiw conducted at year end

Effective leadership and RCO support in each of the DaO working groups, including reconstitution of UN M&E Group Periodic review of progress at each monthly UNCT meeting. Annual review to take place at 2014 planning retreat in February 2014.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $20,000.00

Progress towards UNDAF outcomes (inputs provided by theme group chairs) Systematic inter-agency collaboration and joint progress monitoring of Ghana UAP at Outcome level on the basis of well trained and accountable Outcome Group conveners and members, a complete and updated M&E Framework, and an agreed annual review template and reporting format. Annual UAP review report will provide detail progress information.

In addition to complete review of UAP results matrix and issuance of 2012 UAP report informing of progress against outputs and outcomes, RCO provided technical advice and capacity development to Outcome Group conveners, especially the ones coming on board in 2013.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $10,000.00

Joint planning initiatives with UN peacekeeping, peacebuilding, political and humanitarian actors (e.g. UNDAF plus, Integrated Strategic Framework) .

D) Joint Programmes6 Preparation/ implementation of new Joint Programmes * Funds mobilized for new CC/DRR Joint Programme to implement the JP as planned Final evaluation of Joint Human Security Programme conducted and decision taken on potential second phase. Consultations of potential additional JPs and collaborative activities as determined through joint UN engagement with the new government.

Initial funding for CC/DRR JP provided, joint evaluation of Joint Human Security Programme conducted with discussions of future HS programming, new JP on Sanitation in Disaster Prone Communities developed and agreed with likely funding from Canada.

Joint UN assistance- under the leadership of the African Union Commission - to piloting the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Plan for Africa in Ghana in order to strengthen access to affordable quality medicines and boost private sector.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $10,000.00

M&E of Joint Programmes

Other

E) HACT Status of HACT implementation/compliance7 in the country * Ghana has achieved HACT compliance. Effective collaboration between IPG and OMT providing required updates and ensuring HACT activities are conducted jointly.

IP lists shared amongst three HACT agencies - UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA with limited commonalities in terms of joint partners.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Strengthening national systems/capacities through HACT

Other

F) Gender Equality UN support to incorporation of gender equality in national planning processes (such as National Development Strategies; PRSPs; SWAPs; Joint Assistance Strategies, etc.) Gender responsiveness of the UN:- Conduct UN Gender Audit exercise; Provide support to Outcome Groups on UAP reviews and reporting to better mainstream gender. UN Days – IWD, CSW, 16 Days, others Policy Advocacy on one selected theme (eg GBV focus on early marriage/violence against girls or Affirmative Action Bill Strengthen UNGT and GEST: 1) UNGT: Commitment of UN focal point Funding commitments made and honored 2) GEST: Operationalization of the rules of engagement with MOWAC

- UN Gender Audit exercise agreed for 2014 including options for expert support

- Strategic UNGT support provided to new Ministry for Gender, Children and Social Protection including review of documents, workshops, etc., based on formal request by Minister to support the restructuring of the Ministry

-Advocacy on IWD and 16 days of activism

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $10,000.00

Capacity development for Gender theme groups to support UNCT to respond to national priorities for gender equality.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Other

G) HIV/AIDS Establishment of Joint UN Team on AIDS and implementation of joint programme of support on AIDS * JUTA established and streamlining of HIV/AIDS programming through merging of UAP Outcome Group on HIV/AIDS with JUTA. Joint Programme of Support implemented.

JUTA established and streamlining of HIV/AIDS programming through merging of UAP Outcome Group on HIV/AIDS with JUTA. Joint Programme of Support implemented.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

UN support to the national response to AIDS through strengthening the Three Ones * New guidance for Joint Teams and Joint Programmes received and applied to respond more flexibly to country situation.

Focus on results increased as opposed to facilitating processes and coordination; emphasis on working together/DaO for better and quicker results New Guidelines to be reflected in the draft JUNPS

From Joint Programming to a Joint Programme incl. more strategic, joint planning New global system for joint reporting used.

New guidance applied to respond more flexibly to country situation.

Focus on results increased with emphasis on working together/DaO for better and quicker results.

New Guidelines reflected in the draft JUNPS

Joint reporting according to new system

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

HIV/AIDS in the Workplace * 2013 UN Cares Work Plan fully implemented with focus on Stigma and Discrimination

2013 UN Cares Work Plan fully implemented with focus on Stigma and Discrimination

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Other

H) Human Rights Application of Human Right Based Approach

Strengthening the capacity of UNCTs to support national human rights protection systems

Other

I) Common Services and Premises Status of initiatives to increase collaboration and cost-effectiveness of UN business operations in support of programme delivery (common services and premises) BASED ON SEPARATE CS BUDGET, the OMT plans to:

Develop a common disaster recovery plan Sign a common service contract for the provision of Broadband internet

Procurement Establish LTA with building & maintenance companies

Logistics & Transportation Harmonize UN Vehicle Fleet Maintenance LTA with fuel companies Human Resource and Administration Identify good pharmacies and laboratories for UN staff Negotiate with hospitals to accept Van Breda/GMC cards at their pharmacies. Follow up on additional land for Accra - Establish Common Cafeteria and Gym for UN staff Follow up on Tamale Worker’s canteen as possible UN common premises Negotiate and harmonize hotel rates (Accomodation and Meeting /Conference) for the UN system in Ghana Establish and sign Common Services Standard Agreement Security Issues Support UNDSS to provide security related training and drills

Support to Inter Agency Programming Group including HACT Facilitate and provide support to IPG for the joint audit of common partners

E-guide for medical services compiled and shared with all staff members (includes list of approved medical facilities, labs, pharmacies and specialist) List of UNDSS approved Hotels shared with all agencies. List of UN approved airlines shared with all agencies. First Aid training organized for staff members in Accra. ICSC Housing survey successfully completed. Contract signed with GST for the provision of high speed internet services. SLA signed with Toyota Ghana. LTA signed with Total Ghana Ltd. LTA signed with SICOM ltd for the supply of non-drinking water. RFQ for toiletries issued in the papers. Agencies to piggy back on existing LTA between UNICEF and one stationary service provider once the addendum is completed.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Other (specify)

J) Other Other (specify)

Coordination of Emergency Preparedness and Relief (WORKPLAN 2013)
A) Preparedness Coordination of emergency preparedness efforts of UNCT members and relevant humanitarian actors 1. PREPAREDNESS AND RISK REDUCTION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EMERGENCIES - Promotion of safer places for communities ( pilot project in Keta/ Ada against tidal waves or floods) 2. NETWORKING FOR INTEGRATED RESPONSE - Organize an IAWGE Retreat for a Participatory Review and Reflection Process (PRRP) - Ensure active coordination Facilitating meetings of the IAWGE - IAWGE joint assessment missions during periods of emergencies - Coordinated response based on reports of assessment missions 3. ADVOCACY & HUMANITARIAN DIPLOMCY - CERF Annual RC/HC Report on CERF grant for Cholera - Soliciting support for vulnerable groups in Ghana e.g. CDI refugees 4. INFORMATION MANAGEMENT - Preparation of Humanitarian SITREPs and circulation from RCO to stakeholders

1. PREPAREDNESS: - UN advised NADMO on flood mitigation measures including dredging and dams’ construction preventing flooding, enabling communities’ access to potable water and enhancing their agricultural activities. Activities for the Joint Programme on CCA/DRR in Northern Ghana have started. Regional Stakeholder workshop was held in Tamale. Key indicators and site selection of the programme were discussed and initial baseline studies conducted 2. INTEGRATED RESPONSE: - Joint UN RM from The Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (US State Department) for a six months’ extension of food assistance to the Ivorian Refugees in Ghana. WFP’s food intervention was scheduled to end in July 2013 however, through this support the food assistance had extended to January, 2014. - UN Clinic support of essential medicines to refugee camps. - Participated in a Joint Assessment Mission (JAM) to Refugee Camps to review the care and maintenance activities, food security and nutrition situation. Based on findings, proposed intervention priorities, best responses, assistance and exit strategies would be developed for 2014. As a follow up to the JAM, a response strategy has been developed by RCO, UNHCR and WFP and to be used as a tool for resource mobilization for marketable skills training, livelihoods and micro-finance etc. for the refugees’ self-reliance. - Worked with the Platforms for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation, the Technical Advisory Committees, the Disaster Management Committees and other collaborating agencies in carrying out its functions at all levels. - Six coordination meetings were held either with the larger group or a select group to strategize on topical issues. These meetings were always chaired by the UNRC. 3. ADVOCACY & HUMANITARIAN DIPLOMACY - The CERF Annual RC/HC Report on CERF grant for Cholera was finalized and submitted to the CERF Secretariat. - UNRC participated in Round Table on Post-2015 disaster risk reduction framework for Africa” in Arusha as part of preparations to the Post-Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA). - UNRC participation in global ISDR meeting to develop ISDR position paper for Africa on disaster reduction. INFORMATION MANAGEMENT: Four Humanitarian SITREPs were prepared and circulated from RCO to stakeholders

$5,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $20,000.00

B) Relief Coordination of humanitarian operations Maintain capacity to support UNCT humanitarian coordination

- Capacity to support UNCT humanitarian coordination sustaned throughout the year under RCO stucture

- Assessments and response plans promptly rolled out

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Establishment of Humanitarian Country Team

IA working group on emergencies very active especially during the third quarter of the year when country faced severe flooding and windstorms affecting about 23,000 persons. Joint assessments were organized and support was mobilized for the affected persons and the communities such as tents, food and medical services. - Other joint assessments were carried out in five communities on caterpillar invasion in the Keta and South Tongu districts. As response a spraying exercise was undertaken to mitigate the effects on farm produce.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Development of a response plan

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Other (specify)

Advocy

Resource mobilization

UN Advocacy and Resource Mobilization (WORKPLAN 2013)
A) Joint UNCT Advocacy and Communications Development/implementation of the UNCT communications/advocacy strategy & plan Media Relations: Media directory and capacity-building for journalists. UNDP journalist award shift to UN journalist award. Content Packages and Outreach: Packaging themes for different audiences (events) and framework for dissemination. Website finalised UN Days (focus on nutrition, disabilities): World Health Day (Health/Nutrition), World Radio Day (power of radio in development; follow-up to media event) World Food Day, World Statistics Day, UN Day, International Day of Persons Living with Disabilities (HL UN mtg by SG in Sept; UNICEF will launch report on disability). Internal Communication: Pre- and post-knowledge on DaO. Intranet and UN staff electronic newsboard. One-pager brochure on DaO. Branding guidelines. At least 1 Town Hall meeting.

Plus: Capacity-building and development for UNCG.

Media mapping “directory” in progress.

Joint UN support to Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) with MDG-focused awards given on 2nd November, 2013.

UN Ghana Success Story booklet finalized and published. Printed documents are to be shared with national and international stakeholders and targeted audiences.

UN Ghana Website was officially launched on UN Day, 2013.

UNCG and leading agencies issued joint press releases or feature stories on UN Commemorative Days such as World Radio Day, Day of the African Child (Health/Nutrition, in collaboration with REACH), International Youth Day and marked the days with joint activities and events.

UN Day saw a special UN DaO Exhibition which was attended by several hundred high-level stakeholders from government, international community and civil society. Of similar great impact was the UN Days’ “Cultural Night”, which highlighted the plight and resilience of CDI refugees in Ghana. Other UN commemorative days that were jointly supported included World Food Day, International Day of Persons Living with Disabilities and Peace Keepers Day.

Branding guidelines have been drafted and will be finalized first quarter of 2014.

Pre- and post-knowledge survey on DaO and one-pager brochure on DaO will be produced as part of introducing SOPs in 2014. UN Town Hall meeting was held in the form of a UN Family Staff Event with emphasis on teambuilding. Developing a UN Intranet and UN Staff electronic news-board has progressed by analyzing good practices and establishing a set of intranet features that would be added to the UN Programme Database. A Joint UN Communications Strategy is in progress using SOP guidance.

2013 saw strengthened participation of UNCG members in UN programme meetings.

$10,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $60,000.00

Other (specify)

B) Joint UNCT Resource Mobilization Strategy Development/implementation of RM strategy

Other (specify)

Security Management (WORKPLAN 2013)
A) Security Duty station specific security risk assessment (SRA) for all locations in the country where UN staff are present BASED ON SEPARATE DSS Security Budget the following results are planned:

SECURITY COORDINATION AND MANAGEMENT: All UN security operations in Ghana effectively coordinated by providing timely advice to the Designated Official, SMT and SFPs. UN system security effectively managed by conducting security assessments, developing and updating security plans, ensuring active DSS participation in the Operations Management Team, and developing and monitoring compliance of MOSS and MORSS.

CONTACTS/INFORMATION: regular contacts with Host Country officials maintained, including local law enforcement agencies and relevant government agencies. Ongoing support provided to representatives of UN System Agencies, Funds and Programs (AFPs), international organizations and NGOs.

DSS STAFF TRAINING: DSS team knowledge of UN security situation and UN Security Management in Ghana strengthened through specific training initiatives.

SRA, MOSS and Security Plan were updated and approved by SMT. DSS participated and supported OMT in their meetings and retreat. Assessment of staff residence was diligently pursued. Agencies improved security measures in their offices.

There was regular liaison with security services to support agencies and staff during visits, security incidents and operational duties.

LSA training in Abuja. Regular security cell meetings to update knowledge of DSS staff and to share information.

Agencies improved access control measures in their offices.

No Travel In The Night Policy was adhered to.

The Country Security Plan was updated 3 SMT meetings were held during the year

Staff members were trained on Radio Communication, Security Awareness and Stress Management

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Implementation of mitigating measures as identified in SRA

Other

Up to date security plan

Security Management Team

Implementation of security training for staff

Non-Resident UN Agencies (WORKPLAN 2013)
A) Special measures to integrate non-resident UN agencies in UNCT processes Supporting the Involvement of non-resident UN agencies in the national strategic planning processes/ UN programming Inclusion of NRAs in all UNCT communications and relevant communications of key inter-agency mechanisms (IPG, OMT, UNCG) - Active participation of NRAs in programme development and reporting - Official representation of NRAs and effective RCO support in 1) preparing high-level missions and visits of NRA representatives and 2) organizing in-country events and meetings - Full support in assisting NRAs in the processes of opening offices or initiating new programmatic initiatives in Ghana. - Inclusion of NRAs in the development of the UN website

In early 2013, NRAs were fully included in the 2012 UAP review process and in the revision of the UAP results matrices by the 11 Outcome Groups. IAEA submitted additional contributions and budgets for inclusion in the UAP results matrix.

UNEP missions to Ghana were supported by the RC office and Outcome Groups to advocate mainstreaming of the “Green Economy” in Ghana’s medium-term development plan and to introduce corresponding programming initiatives as part of Outcome 3.

UN Habitat, including technical missions, were supported to lead the development of a new Joint Programme on Sanitation in Disaster Prone communities which will start in 2014.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Other (specify)

Coordination Capacity of the UNCT (WORKPLAN 2013)
A) Strengthening UNCT Coordination Capacity RCO Staffing Core RCO staff maintained (International Coordination Specialist, National Coordination Analyst and National Humanitarian Officer) Additional team members joining first quarter of 2013: National UN M&E Officer International UNV Intern for Communications International UNV Intern for Gender

$50,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $200,000.00

Materials/Equipment Work Stations for new RCO team members (3 laptops, desks, printer, etc.)and other office supplies

$20,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Training of UN staff RCO staff have adequate technical knowledge and capacity to provide expert advice and support to UNCT and DaO working mechanisms on the different DaO workstreams (programming, incl. sustbstantive programming principles, RBM, RM and partnerships; communications and advocacy, incl. website management and use of social media; humanitarian coordination, etc.)

RCO staff participated in training events to strengthen their capacities in the relevant areas of assignment including on UN business operations strategy, communications and website management, gender, humanitarian coordination and context analysis for development. Staff were also directly involved in UN initiatives for strengthening RBM and in analyzing good practices on RM and partnerships, etc..

$30,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Other (specify)


TOTAL $115,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $375,000.00